South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands 2014 - The Spectacled Porpoise - Cupro Nickel Coin

Product Code: L4459120

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Coin Highlights

  • 2014 Uncirculated Cupro Nickel £2 coin
  • Issued on behalf of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
  • Issue: Unlimited
  • Unique presentation pouch
  • Also available as: Proof Sterling Silver £2 coin

Description

Rarely seen, the Spectacled Porpoise, named for the characteristic dark ring around its eyes, graces this stunning new Uncirculated Cupro Nickel coin released by Pobjoy Mint on behalf of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands.

This threatened species, easily distinguishable from other porpoises by its bespectacled appearance, has been beautifully recreated on this coin which depicts a mother and her calf.  Available in both Proof Sterling Silver and Uncirculated Cupro Nickel, every one of these incredible collector’s coins has been finished to the exacting standards of Pobjoy Mint. Each precious metal coin has been struck four times producing the superlative Pobjoy Proof finish.

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The obverse of this commemorative coin carries an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS. Ian Rank-Broadley is one of the foremost sculptors working today. His effigy of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II has appeared on all UK coinage since 1998 and the Pobjoy Mint has exclusive use of the ‘uncouped’ effigy that appears on the obverse of these collector’s coins.

A rare animal in today’s world

Nowadays it is unusual that so little is known about such a large animal. Rarely seen, the Spectacled Porpoise is believed to be found around the cool sub-Antarctic waters and has been sighted off South Georgia in the Atlantic.  With distinctive black and white markings – black above and white underneath – and a white stripe on the upper surface of the tail, the Spectacled Porpoise is a fast, active swimmer which normally avoids boats.  The total population is unknown leading to the species being listed as a Threatened Species.

This exceptional coin is a fitting tribute to such an incredible animal, and is guaranteed to be a talking point in every collection. The Uncirculated Cupro Nickel edition comes in a stunning presentation pouch

Metal Uncirculated Cupro Nickel £2
Diameter 38.60mm
Weight 28.28gms
Issue Limit Unlimited

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